2004 Montreal Thoughts
RACE: Anything would have been a letdown after Denver, but Montreal was fun.
TRACK: The new promoter did a great job, but it would be pretty difficult to screw up Montreal.
JUNQUEIRA: It must be your birthday, Bruno, because that was quite a gift you received.
BOURDAIS: Technically, it was Allmendinger's fault. However, there are times when a driver has to swallow his pride, allow self preservation to take over, and let someone by.
ALLMENDINGER: That's what you call an action filled race for A.J.
OFFICIALS: Champ Car officials have gotten themselves backed into a corner. They wanted to crack down on blocking and rough driving. Good. However, by being extremely strict in that regard, they feel almost obligated to rule on every on track incident. It's becoming a vicious accelerated cycle that they can't find a way out of.
CARPENTIER: This time Patrick played his teammate, instead of the other way around.
DOMINGUEZ: This is going to sound really strange coming from us considering we mercilessly rode Mario during his rookie season. Dominguez is rapidly becoming our favorite driver with his aggressive style on the track and his attitude off the track.
TRACY: We thought your prodigy was immune from your chrome horn. Then again, we should have known better.
JOURDAIN: Nothing against the RuSport team, but it's obvious that Michel misses Team Rahal.
TAGLIANI: If it's not one thing, it's something else.
VASSER: Another quiet weekend.
MAZZACANE: First we questioned whether Gaston drove in F1. Then, we questioned whether he drove a racecar. Now, we wonder if he had even driven a car before.
HABERFELD: With a smooth track that must meet F1 standards, we're surprised Mario could not get the Reynard running faster. We bet he wishes he had Philippe's father.
WILSON: Surprisingly, seeing that Rookie of the Year title drift away.
SMITH: Ahh, Guy, we said it before. If you can't beat the 17-year-old driver that you replaced, well ... umm ... see Mazzacane...
PHILIPPE: "I've earned my spot in the Champ Car World Series." Yeah, but next time make sure your father also buys a new pit crew when he gets you a new car.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: McDonald's.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: The number of french fries consumed by Champ Car fans this weekend.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: During the CART era, nobody has won in Quebec more than once. Danny Sullivan, Johnny Rutherford, and Bobby Rahal won at Sanair (1984-86) and Dario Franchitti, Michel Jourdain, and now Bruno Junqueira won in Montreal.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: A.J. Allmendinger on losing the pole in the final seconds of qualifying, "Bourdais just plays with us until the last lap. He got me all excited and then he took it away."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Paul Newman on the McDonald's series sponsorship, "They will be fierce in both promotion and marketing. It's going to be a powerful influence on Champ Car."
SCHEDULE: Will Laguna Seca be another farewell to a long standing road course on the schedule? Once again, it's up to the fans to support the race, or they have nobody to blame.
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